HOPE has risen again for unity in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the party’s warring groups in the South West met, in Lagos on Friday night, to resolve their differences and harmonise delegates list ahead of the August convention of the party scheduled to hold in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State and his Ekiti State counterpart, Mr Ayodele Fayose, met behind closed doors with leaders of the party from Lagos, Oyo and Osun States to resolve the issues that have left the party in the region divided.
The peace parley attracted leaders including a former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe; Senator Teslim Folarin; Professor Taoheed Adedoja; Senator Kashamu Buruji; Elder Wole Oyelese; a former Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Mr Bello Adejare; a former National Secretary of the PDP, Professor Olawale Oladipo; a former deputy governor of Osun State, Erelu Olusola Obada; Senator Felix Ogunwale; Dr Ade Dosunmu; a former Lagos PDP Chairman, Captain Tunji Shelle (red); and a former deputy governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bucknor Akerele.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Fayose expressed optimism that the infighting within the zone had finally been resolved. On the outcome of the meeting, the Ekiti governor said: “Well, it is progress made. The meeting is to reconcile our members, state by state. We were able to meet with three states, Oyo, Osun and Lagos and we had useful deliberations. We believe there are interested parties and groups but all we need is a united party”.
However, leaders from Osun PDP were divided as the immediate past National Secretary of the party, Oladipo, insisted that he remained loyal to the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff group. Oladipo argued that one of the problems of the PDP was its inability to abide by the rule of law. Another leader of the party, whose name could not be ascertained, accused the PDP governors of acting the script of Senator Iyiola Omisore.